Due to the doses of COVID-19 vaccines available, live queues are also available

As the BBC reminds, many developed countries are feeling the shortage of vaccines, at least for now. Therefore, doctors, senior seniors, and people with poorer health are vaccinated.

In poor countries in Africa and other continents, by contrast, vaccination campaigns have not even begun.

Of course, since the coronavirus has already taken over 2.4 million people worldwide. people, vaccinating those who need the vaccine as soon as possible is simply necessary.

However, there are circumstances that allow vaccine doses to be given to younger and less vulnerable people. These are occasional doses that should be discarded without administration to almost anyone.

Where do vaccine dose residues come from?

Vaccine residues occur when a patient who has been registered for vaccination at a particular site at a particular time does not give significant advance notice of the changed circumstances and does not arrive at the vaccination center.

This creates a dilemma because at least some vaccines have a limited lifespan. For example, a vaccine manufactured by Pfizer / BioNTech must be used within a maximum of five days after removal from special freezers.

Otherwise, the vaccine is damaged and discarded. Of course, no one wants that, so solutions are being sought.

PA Images / Scanpix Photo / Pfizer and BioNTech Vaccines

“If we are talking about a Pfizer vaccine that cannot be kept for a long time, it is obvious that a decision on this vaccine needs to be made quickly. It is better to vaccinate someone than not to vaccinate anything, ”said Heather Draper, a professor at Warwick Medical School in the UK.

In other words, each vaccine and its dose are important, even if the residues are very low and rare. On the other hand, such cases are not so few.

What are the doses used for?

It depends on the circumstances and the rules, which are different in different countries. Suppose in the UK vaccination is on a priority list – unless people show up at the vaccination center.

“In such cases, the guiding principle is not to waste vaccine doses, so they can be given to healthcare professionals,” the British Medical Association said.

Critics accused politicians of immediately jumping in line, but Clarke-Smith defended the argument that the vaccine should have been discarded.

Richard Vautrey, one of its leaders, adds that “all vaccination centers should have a reserve list and be able to call people quickly if needed.”

In other cases, people who are just in the right place at the right time are vaccinated. For example, Tory MP Brendan Clarke-Smith himself announced on Facebook in January that he had been vaccinated against COVID-19 after spending an afternoon volunteering at a vaccination center.

Critics accused politicians of immediately jumping in line, but Clarke-Smith defended the argument that the vaccine should have been discarded.

Where else in the world and how are vaccine residues used?

A similar situation has been reported in Austria, where municipal officials have also been charged with a series of coronavirus vaccinations.

For example, the mayor of Feldkirch, 65-year-old Wolfgang Matt, was vaccinated in a nursing home with the first dose of Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine. The politician said the dose was residual and he was injected after all the other people in the queue were vaccinated.

“I wouldn’t throw out the stale bread either – I would toast it,” Matt told the public broadcaster ORF.

Reuters / Photo by Scanpix / Vaccine bottles pulled out of special freezer

Reuters / Photo by Scanpix / Vaccine bottles pulled out of special freezer

It’s true that the doctor at that nursing home denied the version: “There were so many people waiting outside who needed the vaccine.”

For its part, the term ‘vaccine hunters’ has become part of the United States. There are plenty of photos on the internet showing people of all ages being on duty at the vaccination center for hours at a festival with sleeping bags and folding chairs.

“If I could get the vaccine, my life would change,” said Leah Robson, 27, who is spending time in Los Angeles these days. “It’s great that older people are vaccinated first, but if there’s a chance I could be vaccinated, it’s definitely worth waiting all day.”

There’s probably nowhere to rush for things like L. Robson. But sometimes vaccination decisions have to be made in a flash.

In Oregon, USA, for example, in January, medics carrying several vaccines that would soon be broken got stuck on a snowy road. Not wanting to waste vaccine doses, doctors began offering vaccines to drivers waiting for parties.

In Israel, which vaccinates most of its citizens in the world, crowds of young people are queuing up waiting in line for vaccine doses at vaccination centers. Israelis even discuss on Facebook and WhatsApp where they are most likely to receive such doses.

Reuters / Scanpix photo / Young people in Israel look forward to COVID-19

Reuters / Scanpix photo / Young people in Israel look forward to COVID-19

Isn’t this practice problematic?

Mr Vautrey says there is nothing wrong with passing on residual doses of vaccines to people who are not in the priority groups – but, of course, the circumstances must be exceptional.

“The most important rule is not to throw away the vaccine. If you can’t find absolutely nothing, and the day is over, then it’s best to try to find someone than to throw out the vaccine, “says my doctor.

And what about young and healthy people who line up? According to Professor H. Draper, we can assess the actions of such persons only by knowing why they behave in this way.

“Are they afraid? Do they feel vulnerable? Maybe doing dangerous work? Or maybe you’re incredibly rich and don’t know what to do next? Before we talk about selfishness, let’s understand that we need to know the motives of each person’s behavior, “Draper said.

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